Nobody's Fool: The Life and Times of Schlitzie the Pinhead

Nobody's Fool: The Life and Times of Schlitzie the Pinhead

by Bill Griffith


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Nobody’s Fool follows the story of Schlitzie’s long career—from Coney Island and the Ringling Bros. Circus to small-town carnivals and big-city sideshows—which is one of legend. Today, Schlitzie is most well-known for his appearance in the cult classic Freaks. The making of Freaks and Schlitzie’s role in the film is a centerpiece of the book. In researching Schlitzie’s life (1901–1971), Griffith has tracked down primary sources and archives throughout the country, including conducting interviews with those who worked with him and had intimate knowledge of his personality, his likes and dislikes, how he responded to being a sideshow “freak,” and much more. This graphic novel biography provides never-before-revealed details of his life, offering a unique look into his world and restoring dignity to his life by recognizing his contributions to popular culture.

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ISBN-13: 9781419735011
Publisher: ABRAMS
Publication date: 03/19/2019
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 147,171
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Bill Griffith is the creator of the syndicated daily comic strip Zippy. Griffith’s prolific output has been included in such publications as the VillageVoice, National Lampoon, and the New Yorker. According to Bartlett, Griffith coined the popular phrase “Are we having fun yet?” He lives in Hadlyme, Connecticut.

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Nobody's Fool: The Life and Times of Schlitzie the Pinhead 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
bookwomen37 7 months ago
I enjoyed reading this graphic novel. The book is a biography of a long forgotten Sideshow attraction, Schiltzie the Pinhead. Even though he was famous and appeared in the movie Freaks, his life has been lost to time. Some readers will be familiar with the author's comic Zippy the Pinhead and he brings some of the same humor. His artwork is perfect for the story. Enjoy rediscovering Schiltzie.